Indigenous Peoples Guidebook for Free Prior Informed Consent And Corporation Standards
First Peoples just released the final version of its Indigenous Peoples Guidebook for Free Prior Informed Consent And Corporation Standards. It is the only guidebook that helps Indigenous Peoples naviagate the most recent legal frameworks and the corporate standards that impact them every day.
Indigenous Peoples’ rights tend to be viewed as local anecdotes relevant only to communi- ties and individuals, rather than a global movement of international significance. Yet over the past several decades that has begun to change. Indigenous Peoples around the world are mobilizing and achieving unprecedented recognition by governments, corporations, and the international community. In 2007, this mobilization resulted in two landmark victo- ries: 1) the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by the UN General Assembly and 2) the passing of a shareholder resolution directing New- mont Mining to assess its practices and policies towards Indigenous Peoples, with support from 91.6 percent of the company’s shareholders.
These two victories demonstrate how the global trajectory for Indigenous Peoples’ rights is catalyzed by both the establishment of legal frameworks and pressures occurring within markets. UNDRIP resulted from over 30 years of rights-based Indigenous activism, and has come to be regarded as the flagship legal doctrine for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. By contrast, the Newmont resolution was in response to patterns of community resistance to the company’s activities that were generating costly lawsuits and operational holdups, as well as significant reputational damage. Newmont later became one of the first extrac- tive companies to explicitly reference Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in its public statements.